Copyright 2000 by Cordell Vail
It takes time, effort and discipline to change our self-image. We are what we think.
To make an significant, life long change in your self image, you will need to develop the kind of discipline that it takes to undo bad habits, correct misinformation, and remedy your lack of true knowledge about how your mind works.
When you learn new principles about self-control and discipline it is very exciting and motivating for most people. Our real challenge comes as we encounter day by day, week by week, month by month application of the new principles we are learning.
If you want to change your self-image, you will have to keep in mind that anything worth achieving does not come easily. Attaining any goal takes Knowledge, Skill, and Motivation. The motivation drives you, the knowledge guides you, and the skill helps you apply the knowledge. Stephen Covey often talks about the "LAW OF THE HARVEST". What you sow, you reap in life. In order to reap a harvest, you must first sow the seeds and then nurture them as they grow. That is nature's own law. We can not look for magic seeds like the seeds of Jack in the bean stock story. We have to make an effort. We have to want to make a real change. Some people give up easily if the path seems too hard and if they can not see immediate results. Some people don't want to pay the price of success and because of that they will never experience real success. But there are people who do not give up. They don't mind the effort. They even seem to enjoy working hard toward their goals. What is it that drives them? What keeps them going week after week, month after month? And can that kind of discipline be learned and applied to a program of improving your self-image, personal achievement and goal setting in your own life?
What you are about to learn about improving your self-image and the power to accomplish personal achievement are used by all top achievers. These principles will help you motivate yourself. They will help you keep yourself motivated. You will be able to learn how to change your life as a slow steady change in your daily habits.
There are two types of people in the world. Those with a POSITIVE SENSORY VISUALIZATION and those with a NEGATIVE SENSORY VISUALIZATION.
People who's sensory visualization is positive are already motivated to achieve their goals and are willing to put out what ever effort is necessary for as long as it takes to get what they want.
People who's sensory visualization is negative, need constant external reinforcement and always look for shortcuts.
What makes one person positive (able to achieve) and another negative (prone to failure)? It is because they make use of their power of sensory visualization in a very different way.
Sensory visualization is the way we perceive the world through our senses. It is the way we regard the people around us and our relationships with them. It is the way we look at our life's experiences. It effects every fiber of our being. It determines how we talk to others. It regulates our health and how we feel on a day to day basis. It is what we dwell on in our hearts when we don't have to think. It is what we daydream about when we are just pondering. It is the primary feeling we carry deep down inside ourselves. It is the core of our character.
A person who's sensory visualization is positive will have developed the ability to visualize their goals as having been completed successfully in vivid detail. These positive sensory visualizes have developed the ability to use their imagination to translate their hopes, desires, dreams and goals into detailed life blue prints filled with sensory vividness. They can actually picture in vivid detail the sight sound touch taste smell and emotion associated with accomplishing their goals. Not only do these people have a clear vision of what they want to achieve, but they can vividly imagine the rewards associated with the accomplishment of their goals.
If a positive sensory visualizer wants to start a business, they will work out all of the particulars of that business in their mind in vivid detail before they ever take the first step toward accomplishing the goal. They are risk takers. Through visualization, they already know what it feels like to take the financial risk. They will already have experienced the sensations of managing people and helping them be the best of the best. They will have imagined it so vividly in their mind that they can describe every detail to you. And when the time comes to act, they know exactly what to do because they have premeditated it. They are motivated in every fiber of their being to succeed at it.
Positive sensory visualizers will concentrate on success. They gain strength and confidence from past successes. If you ask positive sensory visualizers to describe a successful accomplishment, they will detail a vivid picture for you. A description so filled with detail that you will think you have almost been there yourself. Now try asking positive sensory visualizers to think about the past and tell you about some of their failures. They will be very hesitant. They will have to really think hard at remembering such events. They will not display the enthusiasm they showed about their successes. As they describe a failure in their life, you will see in almost every instance that quickly they will shift gears and start telling you what they learned from the failure and emphasize to you how they gained a new vision from the experience. By their new found knowledge they will not let things like that happen again.
The positive sensory visualizer has the constant attitude that they will win in the end. The positive sensory visualizer's ability to envision achievement is their power to succeed. Because their ability to visualize in a positive way is so specific and so highly detailed, it has actually has great effect even on their nervous system. It does yours as you listen to them. All the elements of their body is charged, electrified and polarized toward the accomplishment of their very specific goal.
What is the difference between a positive sensory visualizer and a negative sensory visualizer? Both people have the very exact same ability to visualize sensory events but one does it in a positive way and the other in a negative way. If you ask a positive sensory visualizer to tell you what goals they have set, you will likely hear them say, "I want to be make X amount of money or I want to find true happiness or I want to loose x amount of weight". If you were to ask a positive sensory visualizer be more specific about those goals, they could tell you how much money, what true happiness means to them or how much weight they want to loose and by when. Ask a negative sensory visualizer those same questions and they will have great difficulty telling you how much, what kind, where, or when. Negative sensory visualizers just have wishes not goals and plans that will come to fruition.
Both people have the ability to visualize in vivid detail. There is not the point. Both people can and do set and keep goals. But instead of dwelling on the specifics of a positive goal, the negative sensory visualizer will waste their time worrying about fears and failures. Ask negative sensory visualizer to tell you about their failures and they can do so in vivid detail. Negative sensory visualizers spend much of the time they are meditating, thinking about their failures, problems, woes, and fear of things to come in the failure. As they visualize their worst fears in such vivid sensory detail, negative sensory visualizers develop a self-defeating attitude that turns into a vicious cycle of failure reinforcing their previous failures. Those reinforcements feed their fears and fears reinforce more fear.
When a person has this kind of a negative outlook on life, they then need to receive a constant barrage of motivation by outside forces to achieve almost anything they try to do in life that is hard to do. If they can not find that outside motivation they normally will very quickly give up to avoid the fulfillment of their fears.
Sensory visualization is the very key to self-motivation, determination, and self discipline. The more clearly you can visualize your goal, the things that you need to do to accomplish your goal, and the personal rewards you will get from the accomplishment of that goal, the power you will have to stay committed to the accomplishment of that goal. Sensory visualization will help you in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary for fulfillment of your goal. With out that ability to visualize, you would be like a car with out any gas in the tank. The power of motivation is fueled by a sensory visualization. It brings success.
Almost every person has both positive and negative sensory visualization characteristics in the makeup of their personality. We all feel like a failure in some areas, but should dwell on the success we have had in other areas. Everyone has their weaknesses. The difference is how much time we spend dwelling on them.
Many people think that positive and negative sensory visualization is the same as positive and negative thinking. If that were the case it would be a lot easier to change our sensory visualization habits. But it is not the case. You can not use positive thinking alone to overcome your core characteristics of negative sensory visualization. It just does not work. Positive thinking is not going to make a permanent change in the way you feel and behave if the very core of your being, the inner sensory core, is bonded to fear and failure. The reason is that your daily vivid sensory visualizations will continue. The only way to make a real change in your negative sensory visualizations is to replace them with positive ones.
Positive sensory visualization is the most important thing that you can do to activate your own powerful potential for achievement and success. With positive sensory visualization, you can actually program your brain and in fact your entire nervous system to be the receptors of these positive images of success. And those positive images of success in turn will generate electrical and chemical signals in your entire nervous system starting within your brain that will create as an end result change your behavior. It is like dominos. The electrical and chemical reactions of your brain will cause a chain reaction of positive beliefs and attitudes that will fill every cell in your entire body.
When you use sensory visualization to visualize yourself different and truly see, hear, touch, taste, and smell the goal you have set as already being achieved it will come to be. If you can see, hear, touch, taste, smell and most importantly - enjoy the benefits of the goal you have set as having been already achieved in your visualization, your nervous system, your body and your mind will rally and by the power of "PROVIDENCE IN GOAL SETTING" find a way to lead you to the achievement your goal. Vivid sensory visualizations will create a fire inside that will be like an explosion of helium on the sun. You will feel it begin to burn through out your entire system. We some times call that feeling "excitement" or "enthusiasm". Those feelings will carry you through the darkest nights of discouragement in the long and sometimes difficult process of change. When you find your strength slacken, if your are tempted to quit, the vivid sensory visualization painted in the far reaches of your mind and imagination will give you the courage and the strengthen you need to build a resolve to never quit. It will carry you through to the end. You will have the power of the attainment of your goal.
SO WHY DON'T WE JUST GO OUT AND DO IT?
Your millionaire making friend
Cordell Vail, W.B.
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